The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 29, 2012

FREEHILL: Take a stroll Wednesday

By Beth Freehill
Special to the Herald

CLINTON — On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Iowans from every corner of the state will join in one-kilometer walks that symbolize our effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation by 2016.

Last year, Iowans made a good start on our quest to become the nation’s healthiest state. More than 291,000 residents participated in the “Start Somewhere” Walk in 2011, and we want to build on the momentum this year.

One kilometer is about 71⁄2 city blocks and takes about 12 minutes to complete for the average walker.

Here in Clinton, we are encouraging our customers, friends and neighbors to get involved in a Healthiest State Walk that will start at the Clinton Hy-Vee (outside the front entrance) at 11 a.m.

In addition, Healthiest State Initiative leaders are asking Iowans to add one more wellness activity to their day on Oct. 3. For example, you may consider playing outside with your children, eating together as a family or volunteering.

Please join our organized walk, or walk informally with your neighbors or by yourself anytime on Oct. 3. You can find more information at

Let’s keep the momentum going as we become the healthiest state!

Beth Freehill, MS, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian with Hy-Vee, Inc. in Clinton.